It must have been the year before last when I was enjoying a madcap musical romp through Thailand and its wildly imaginative bootleg EP scene — 7-inch picture sleeves using filched images, with four songs often (but not always) by four different artists, produced in renegade fashion without regard for legal or copyright considerations [see “Oddball Beatles EPs Worldwide“]. It was early 2018, most likely, when I made that fateful decision to print out a decent quality scan of a bootleg EP that had made the curious call to bring together the bubblegum sounds of The Archies and 1910 Fruitgum Co. (plus early Dave Clark Five) with “agit-pop” from The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” — a song that was banned from radio (and whose provocative sleeve was immediately withdrawn) in 1968, a year in which assassination and rioting dominated headlines.
378×400 pixel version of image below
Cheeky send-up of almighty Columbia Records (i.e., “Big Red“)
A1 “Street Fighting Man” The Rolling Stones
A2 “Because” The Dave Clark Five
B1 “Bang Shang-a-Lang” The Archies
B2 “Goody Gum Drops” 1910 Fruitgum Co.
Don’t recall why I printed out this image in the first place, but the weird part is that this printout ended up at the top of my “scrap paper” pile, and I began to use the back of it for correspondence, when the librarian in me prompted me to search the 45Cat database to affirm its existence but could no longer find it there … or anywhere else on the Internet! This scanned image, therefore, is the world’s only proof * of a bootleg EP from Thailand that was almost certainly released in 1968, possibly 1969.
Did I somehow dream up this EP release – Coliseum CLS 1080 – or was it, in fact, actually birthed? 45Cat allows users to easily browse a list of cataloged Coliseum releases, which has entries for two somewhat nearby catalog numbers, CLS 1087 (from 1969, we think) and CLS 1099 (released 1968, confusingly).
CLS 1099 = “Sugar Sugar” & friends
Evidence of Coliseum CLS 1080 EP’s existence
If you Google the terms Coliseum + Archies + “CLS 1080” (as of October 10, 2019), Bill Rousell‘s music sales website will turn up in the search results, with a sales listing for this EP that names the four tracks in identical order.
Zero to 180, you might recall, had previously saluted The Archies five years ago in a piece that acknowledged 1968 to be a remarkably fertile time for truck driving country music. The Rolling Stones (not to mention Stones sound-alike bands) have also been the focus of Zero to 180’s roving eye more than once over the years.
Rare UK picture sleeve, quickly withdrawn –
Sold for $17,100 in 2015!
Illicit Vinyl –
No Laughing Matter
Decca US 45
Decca Lookalike 45
Furthermore, if you poke around 45Cat’s database in the section tagged as “Poland,” you will quickly discover a vast underworld of “postcard discs” — sometimes plain, but often as not, “old-timey” renderings and travel scenes, as well as modernist art images, with one and sometimes two songs on a single-sided “sound postcard”!
“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
Poland, 1967 = who knew?
Can you guess which early 60s instrumental hit (later covered by Sugar Hill Gang)?
Isn’t it obvious?
*Note: The comment attached to this piece from “Smack” (received ten minutes before midnight on Halloween 2020!) means that this 1968 Archies EP release from Thailand – Coliseum CLS 1080 – is now, once again, back in the 45Cat database, thus making this Zero to 180 piece obsolete.